Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Alone” (reprint) Scribner's Monthly Magazine, vol. 10, no. 9, September 1875, 10:608


[page 608:]


From childhood's hour I have not been

As others were — I have not seen

As others saw — I could not bring

My passions from a common spring —

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow — I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone —

And all I lov'd — I lov'd alone —

Then — in my childhood — in the dawn

Of a most stormy life — was drawn

From ev’ry depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still —

From the torrent, or the fountain —

From the red cliff of the mountain —

From the sun that ’round me roll'd

In its autumn tint of gold —

From the lightning in the sky

As it pass'd me flying by —

From the thunder, and the storm —

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view —

E. A. Poe

Baltimore, March 17, 1829



Poe wrote this poem in the autograph album of Lucy Holmes, later Lucy Holmes Balderston. In producing a facsimile of the manuscript, E. L. Didier added a new title and the date and location at the bottom.


[S:1 - Poems-Dideir, 1877] - Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore - Works - Poems - Alone [reprint]